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Impeachment Apocalypse?? Did Mother Nature Unleash Her Opinion of the Acquittal on Las Vegas?

Wow! Moments after the acquittal vote, I stepped out on the back porch of my friends’ home in North Las Vegas. It had been...

Why the 2017 Las Vegas massacre was an act of right-wing domestic terrorism, and why it matters

One of the thorniest issues the team that I helped lead at Type Investigations and Reveal News as we compiled domestic-terrorism data from around...

Two Different States. One Common Denominator. Two Different Paths.

I guess it’s probably best to get bad news early in the day, that way it goes to shit right off of the bat, with no illusions that it was worth getting out of bed that morning. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak just announced that the stay-at-home order for the citizens of Nevada has been extended until May 15th. I guess that while our numbers are actually pretty good compared to a lot of other places, they’re not quite where the state wants them before beginning to turn people loose again. No question about it, Nevada is getting hammered fiscally by the coronavirus pandemic. Carson City is the state capitol, and that’s about what it’s worth. You have Reno in the north, Las Vegas in the south, and in the middle you have the totally worthless Bundy family poaching on federal land. Nevada exists for two simple purposes, gambling and prostitution. If it weren’t for blackjack and brothels, Nevada would be nothing but a gas stop on the way from the southeast to California. If you go all the way cross country to the east coast, and hang a right, you come to Florida. If you break it down to its base, Florida really isn’t that much different from Nevada, it depends largely on tourism. But the major features of Florida are beaches to the south, and an over sized rodent in the middle of the state. The only other notable thing about Florida is that half of the population spends its falls cheering a college football team named after the very same thing that blows the roofs off of their homes every damn summer. Go figure, huh? Both states are largely dependent on tourism for their daily bread, but the way that the state’s duly elected governors are dealing not only with the fallout of the coronavirus, but the imaging and messaging problems it brings couldn’t be more stark. Vegas has become kind of an “in” destination for the media lately. Because of its legendary persona, reporters are lining up to give reports from an empty Strip, with no traffic and shuttered opulent hotel-casinos in the background. Which means that Democratic Governor Sisolak is also getting increased national face time as he discusses the financial chasm that the lost gambling revenue has brought to the state. Sisolak has been pretty much pitch perfect in his public utterances. He leads with two basic talking points, boundless optimism, and public safety. He tends to sound something like this, Nevada will come back, and so will Las Vegas. Both are a great places to go, enjoy great meals and shows, have fun at the tables. But none of that will happen unless people feel safe. We could open the doors to the casinos tomorrow, but nobody will come if they don’t feel safe. And one of the things in making them feel safe is ensuring that our own citizens, the people they’ll come into contact with during their stay, are safe and healthy too. So, we’re going to do this slow, and we’re going to do it right the first time, so that when we do reopen, people will know it’s safe for them to come and enjoy themselves again. This is a marked improvement over the dingbat Mayor of Las Vegas, who wants to […]

Horrible pro-Trump group glues MAGA hats and Trump wig to Las Vegas pigeons to ‘protest’ Democrats

In an unapologetic display of animal cruelty, an anonymous group of terrible people released over two dozen pigeons into Las Vegas, with political accessories...

It feels different from how it looks on TV.

My heart broke twice over the weekend, once on Saturday morning, and then again on Sunday morning when I awoke and turned on the television. It broke for the senseless killings in El Paso, and then it broke again for the gratuitous piling on in Dayton on Saturday night. It didn’t break just for the victims. Nor for their griveing families, not just for their friends. It broke for El Paso and Dayton themselves. Because, it’s different, you see? It’s different when it happens to you. And I should know, Las Vegas is my adopted home, and has been for almost fifteen years. And as we speak, Las Vegas is the undisputed heavyweight champion when it comes to mass murder in the United States. But the truly sick and sad part of that is that, as any athlete will tell you, records are meant to be broken. And the way that things are going right now, I truly fear that we may not hold the title for much longer, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. It’s different. From the first “Breaking News” banner, it’s different. Because it’s you, it’s home. And even if you’ve never actually been in that specific location, you have almost certainly driven or walked by it, and since mass shootings seem to center almost exclusively in densely populated “soft target” areas, you sure as hell know where it is. And since, while the scene is still “active,” and for hours afterward, no camera crews are allowed anywhere near the scene, the reporters are standing somewhere as close by as possible, with places you sure as hell have eaten in, or shopped at, right over their shoulder, and that brings is home in a way nothing else can, not even close. It’s different because it’s awkward. And awkwardness brings guilt. It’s awkward because, while you may not have known a single victim, they were your neighbors. You can’t help but ask yourself, “She looks vaguely familiar. Did I ever pass her somewhere, and think ‘God, she’s cute!'” Or “Hey! Didn’t I see that guy in the Smith’s a couple of times?” And it’s awkward because, as nice and lovely as “thoughts and prayers” sounds, “thoughts and prayers” don’t even bring a casserole to the post funeral pot luck. And when it comes out of the mouths of smarmy, uncaring politicians who helped to create and nurture the environment that spawned this senseless act in the first place, you just want to scream  And there’s guilt because, no matter who you are, and no matter how caring and sensitive you are, the thought, “There but for the grace of God go I” is never far from your mind as the new coverage plays out around you. It’s different because it never seems to end. Long after the network reporters have pulled up stakes to go off and cover some other, hopefully less deadly news event, you’re still turning on the TV every night to the words and images of more people being laid to rest. And if you happen to turn right off on Sunset and onto Las Vegas Boulevard South, your eyes sure aren’t going to miss those 59 white crosses, stretching out from the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the center median. And you’ll never look at the Mandalay Bay […]

Coverage of Las Vegas rally shows Trump’s base is dwindling – he can’t fill smaller venues!

Just thought you’d like some good news this eve ???? Writer/producer Jon Hotchkiss attended the Trump rally in Las Vegas on Sept. 20. For those not familiar with the name (I wasn’t), his Twitter handle is Flip the House and he has a website...

Kellyanne Conway is a soulless cretin and we’re not obliged to have the slightest respect for her

Kellyanne Conway seems to have only one role in the White House, as far as anyone can tell from the outside: to say stupid things on television. Not everyday stupid things, but thunderingly stupid things, on whatever topic Donald Trump is currently...

Pat Robertson says Vegas attack was because of people’s “disrespect” of Trump & national anthem

And 15 minutes later, just when you thought no one could possibly do such a stupid thing, comes a guy who uses television to cajole his audience to close their eyes while watching... We are of course familiar with Robertson’s whack idea of...

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